Washington state native Jessi McNeal sings about time spent healing on the vulnerable "In Between," from her forthcoming album The Driveway (out on August 16).
McNeal says the song is about the sacred space in which we learn to love ourselves, flaws, regrets and all.
"I feel like the overarching theme of the album is really about the middle ground - the in-between, the waiting, the hope-not-yet seen," McNeal tells Wide Open Country. "And this particular song really shines a light on that vulnerable space. I wrote this song when I was wrestling with some difficult circumstances -- wanting things to be better and feeling some regrets as well. I needed to acknowledge both of those sentiments and to accept that I was simply in that in-between space, where the answers and resolution had yet to arrive. I sometimes hear people refer to it as the 'messy middle,' but lately I've been thinking of it as the 'sacred middle.' Brene Brown says, 'owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.' This isn't easy work and I'm certainly no expert on it, but I'm grateful for the people in my life who have encouraged me to avoid taking shortcuts through pain when I've faced seasons like this. I know I'm stronger for it, and I hope I have more to offer to those around me because of it."
Watch the video premiere of Jessi McNeal's "In Between" below.
The Driveway is available for pre-order here.